Body-worn cameras: Inoculation against litigation

Submitted by:
Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief


08/14/2012

Everybody out there on the street has a video camera in their mobile phone, recording police officers’ interactions with subjects in all manner of scenarios. In many cases, those videos get posted to YouTube, and more often than most people realize, those videos have been carefully edited with a ‘the truth be damned’ attitude, showing not what actually happened, but what might make the officer look bad. PoliceOne Editor-in-Chief Doug Wyllie discusses briefly the notion that body-worn video cameras are an inoculation against litigation for officers and agencies. Such videos help to ensure that officers are protected against frivolous — and often times totally fictional — claims of officer misconduct.


Doug Wyllie is Editor in Chief of PoliceOne, responsible for setting the editorial direction of the website and managing the planned editorial features by our roster of expert writers. An award-winning columnist — he is the 2014 Western Publishing Association "Maggie Award" winner in the category of Best Regularly Featured Digital Edition Column — Doug has authored more than 800 feature articles and tactical tips on a wide range of topics and trends that affect the law enforcement community.

On a daily basis, Doug is in close personal contact with some of the top subject-matter experts in law enforcement, regularly tapping into the world-class knowledge of officers and trainers from around the United States, and working to help spread that information and insight to the hundreds of thousands of officers who visit PoliceOne every month.

Doug is a member of International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), an Associate Member of the California Peace Officers' Association (CPOA), and a member of the Public Safety Writers Association (PSWA).

Even in his "spare" time, he is active in his support for the law enforcement community, contributing his time and talents toward police-related charitable events as well as participating in force-on-force training, search-and-rescue training, and other scenario-based training designed to prepare cops for the fight they face every day on the street.

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